Pinto Bean Cake

Pinto Bean Cake


"Your cake-loving guests won't believe that pinto beans is the surprise ingredient in this recipe for spice cake decorated with candied cherries and pecans."


servings 226 cals
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Original recipe yields 14 servings



  • Calories:
  • 226 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 6.8 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 39g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 203 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease one 9 or 10 inch tube pan.
  2. Cream butter or margarine and sugar together. Add the beaten egg and mix well. Stir in the mashed cooked beans and the vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground allspice together. Add the chopped pecans, golden raisins, and the diced apples to the flour mixture. Stir to coat. Pour flour mixture into the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Dribble with a simple confectioner's sugar icing and garnish with candied cherries and pecan halves, if desired.
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  1. 38 Ratings


Very, very good. A huge hit at a party -- almost everyone had a slice despite the abundance of other available dishes. No one could tell what the "special" ingredient was until many hints were m...

This was the thickest cake batter I have ever seen. You can't pour it into the pan. You have to literally just take the spoon and dump it in. But, it turned out well. It's a cross between a ...

I was skeptical about a dessert using pinto beans, but since I had a huge pot of cooked beans, I decided to try this. It was great! I would definitely make this again. I used brown sugar inste...

This was 'okay'. The cake was not dense at all (see notes below). My nut bread has a much denser texture. However, it doesn't raise noticeably in the baking so you end up with a bundt cake t...

Great recipe, the only thing I highly recommend (I took the suggestion of another) is to puree the cooked beans in a blender or food processor. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Like a spice cake - but be sure to use mashed or refried beans, not whole ones! Young children really get a kick out of it after they've eaten it and can brag!

Excellent flavor!! You wouldn't know there were beans in this if someone didn't tell you first. I followed the recipe with the exception of raisins. I used prunes that I cut up really small. The...

To my amazement this is really good! Substituted brown for white sugar and did not have any appropriate nuts so I just left them out. Moist and very tasty-not even a little hint of bean smell or...

I made this for the men at the group home I work at, used beans I made from scratch (they get loads and loads of dry beans donated to them). I subbed 1 cup applesauce for the 2c apples, and it t...